• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center hours

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.

  • Watch for storm damage on all roads

    Recent storms have caused flash flooding and damage to roads. Reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the park after storms. Call 760-252-6100 or 760-252-6108 for updates. Check our Current Conditions page for information on specific roads. More »

Current Research Projects & Needs

MC Spring

California Dept. of Fish and Game Photo

Water, or more aptly the lack of water, is the defining characteristic of deserts and is a core theme of much of the ongoing research at Mojave National Preserve. The photo is of a small spring at the edge of Soda Dry Lake that supports a population of Mohave tui chub (Siphatales bicolor mohavensis), the only fish native to the Mojave River.

  • Desert tortoise juvenile survivorship (coming soon).

Did You Know?

photo of joshua trees

The Joshua tree forest along Cima Road is the largest in the world. Hike the Teutonia Peak trail to get a better look at the Joshua trees. More...